Playing Your Hand

May 07, 2021
 

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How does evolution of the four suits, the ace, the “suicide king” of hearts, and the joker inspire us to lead teams with pure intentions?


Every summer, we got to visit my cousins’ house where we were always treated to new magic tricks. My favorite tricks were the card tricks! Misdirection and sleight of hand serve the magician well, but it is certainly not recommended for the ethical card player. As leaders, we are all dealt a hand. We don’t get...

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It Remains Day 1

Apr 23, 2021
 

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Jeff Bezos wrote a final letter to his employees, what were his parting words and how can his Day 1 Mindset inspire you toward your Amazon?


What do Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft have in common? They were incubated in a garage, ranked in the top 25 US companies for revenue according to the Fortune 500 (second, fourth, eleventh, and twenty-first, respectively), and rated as the world’s four most valuable brands.1, 2, 3 Visual Capitalist reports Amazon,...

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Superhero Moxie

Apr 09, 2021
 

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Superheroes have a costume, special ability, and moral code. But, they are nothing without moxie. What if leaders “tried on” more moxie?


As a leadership coach, I challenge my clients to try on different words, like tenacity and commitment, giving them a new perspective. I’m adding another word to my list: moxie. What would it be like to wear moxie? Superheroes know! Superheroes don energy, determination, and know-how-- the classic definition of moxie....

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2021Q1 REVIEW: Strategy

Mar 19, 2021
 

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Let’s reflect on the Leader’s Field Guides from 2021Q1. As you focus on “strategy”, how does forecasting play into your intentional design?


It’s time for a review! Reflect on 2021Q1 and consider what you’ve incorporated into your leadership and what needs more attention. Think about how each topic challenges you to reflect on your strategy over the last three months. What role is planning and forecasting playing? How can you...

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Case of the $15,000 Pizza

Feb 05, 2021
 

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How did 25 really smart people pay $15,000 for a pizza? By losing sight of corporate mission, values, and goals-- along with a few other things!


Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to observe a surprising interaction between a team of leaders. Each leader had invested heart, soul, and a lot of money into a wildly successful endeavor. With the group’s quarterly meeting approaching, each individual would recommit to the same mission, values, and...

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Big Ben, Small Changes

Jan 29, 2021
 

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Big Ben’s 14-foot minute hands move with accuracy down to the penny, yes, to the penny! Learn how one penny can influence a 31,000-pound bell.


I have three battery-powered clocks. You know, the kind that must be manually reset every Spring and Fall? I can hear when a battery needs replaced because the secondhand sounds flat; it just doesn’t have enough power to make it past the nine on the clock face! I may complain about switching out rechargeable batteries,...

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WIIFM of Kindness

Jan 01, 2021
 

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If you think of me as a nice person, then you’ve got to hear my origin story. You also need to know what you get back when you are kind to others.


What I am about to tell you may shock you! If you think of me as a nice person, then you could consider this my origin story. The first week of kindergarten, I let my classmates talk me into tipping Billy’s desk over-- with him in it! Oh, it pains me to share this and though my little mind knew Billy was...

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2020Q4 REVIEW: Progress

Dec 11, 2020
 

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Let’s reflect on the Leader’s Field Guides from 2020Q4. As you focus on “progress”, how does patience and practice factor into learning and growth?


It’s time for a review! Reflect on 2020Q4 and consider what you’ve incorporated into your leadership and what needs more attention. Think about how each topic challenges you to reflect on your progress over the last three months. What role is practice and patience playing? How can you...

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City of Gold

Dec 04, 2020
 

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Miners worked for $2 per day, braving cave-ins and explosions. The Gold Rush presents leaders perfect examples of sunk, indirect and opportunity costs.


The aspen leaves looked like golden flakes of snow as they jettisoned from the black and white bark in the fall wind. These quaking aspens draw visitors to mountain towns from all over the world. My dad and I were no exception. As we meandered along the San Miguel River, the remaining leaves shimmered in the sun like...

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Scoring to Lose

Nov 13, 2020
 

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Rarely does an opponent insist on giving points to the other team. What does an ill-timed goal tell us about instincts, clock management, and losing?


Have you ever seen football players signal a touchdown for the other team? Or teammates console the player that accidentally broke the plane, earning his team six points and a chance for a seventh? It’s extremely rare, if not unheard of… Well, until Todd Gurley, running back of the Atlanta Falcons, scored the...

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